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National Youth Orchestra coming to the Confederation of the Arts

Barbara Smith, executive director of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada  (NYO Canada), and Greg Irvine, board member, make final plans for the July 30 performance of the National Youth Orchestra at the Homburg Theatre of Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown at 4 p.m. Smith was in Charlottetown recently to check out the venue and accommodations
Barbara Smith, executive director of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada (NYO Canada), and Greg Irvine, board member, make final plans for the July 30 performance of the National Youth Orchestra at the Homburg Theatre of Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown at 4 p.m. Smith was in Charlottetown recently to check out the venue and accommodations

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - The National Youth Orchestra Canada (NYO Canada) is touching down in Charlottetown for a concert on July 30 and that’s got board member Gregory Irvine excited.

“I think it’s great for a P.E.I. audience to hear a full-sized orchestra. It’s also great for the local students to hear it and get excited about the sound,” says Irvine, of the performance that takes place at the Homburg Theatre of Confederation Centre of the Arts at 4 p.m.

“They are playing a great repertoire.”

The program will include a variety of music from composers such as Ravel, Prokofiev and Shostakovich.

Entitled, “ Edges of Canada Tour”, the concert is part of a cross-country tour by NYO Canada as part of Canada 150 celebrations this summer.

Comprised of the finest musicians in the nation between the ages of 16 and 28, the 92-member group is hitting major cities, from Charlottetown to Vancouver and the Northwest Territories, performing free concerts for the public. The tour follows an intensive, month-long musical training program at Sir Wilfrid Laurier University.

It’s the first time in over a decade the orchestra has played on P.E.I., and Charlottetown audiences are in for a treat, says Barbara Smith, NYO Canada executive director.

“We’re thrilled to have Jonathan Darlington as our conductor. We’ve had him before and the students adored him. He’s an amazing teacher,” she says.

If you are going

-           What: Edges of Canada Tour featuring the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.

-           When and where: July 30, 4 p.m., Homburg Theatre, Confederation Centre of the Arts.

-           Tickets: Free but must be ordered from the Confederation Centre Box Office, in person, by calling 902-566-1267 or online at https://boxoffice.confederationcentre.com.

-           Organization: For more than 50 years, NYO Canada has enjoyed a reputation as Canada's orchestral finishing school, devoted to the discovery and training of our country's best young classical musicians. For more information, visit http://www.nyoc.org/.

sally.cole@theguardian.pe.ca

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